Tashmoo Farm â€“; Circa 1769
An historically significant estate property affording exceptional privacy just over one mile from the center of Vineyard Haven and the Harbor.
The dwelling is situated discreetly off the road with magnificent, lush lawns and many ageless, towering trees - oaks and willows - shading the drive and framing the house, and creating the front outlook. Nearly 11 acres of rolling fields, bordered by stone walls and horse fencing, surround the stately homestead. Three separate parcels of land assure the ability to further develop a family compound.
The “Mansion House” as it was originally known, was built by Captain Samuel Look in 1769 and retained in the Look family for nearly 200 years…much of the main house remains very much in tact, including the rough, hand-hewn structural timbers in the corners of the rooms, now painted to complement the updated décor. In the attic, 150 year old bark still hangs on the heavy beams and five fireplaces remain in the original center chimney. Many of the hand-forged hinges and antique brass catches are preserved as is most of the wide pine board flooring and the narrow, steep stairway. A number of additions occurred in succeeding years so that the dwelling now affords many gracious living areas, a more grand entry and staircase and a number of bedroom suites, totaling more than 5,500 square feet of living space. More recent renovations were completed in the late 1990â€™s and include a new kitchen, casual dining area, laundry facilities and pantry areas. The latest work expanded the more casual living areas on the north side of the house facing the lawns and pool.
A har-tru tennis court, gunite pool and a delightful pool house were also added in the late 1990â€™s. The tennis facility, with viewing stand, was slightly recessed into an adjacent hillside so that it is visually pleasing and blends with the landscape. The pool house is open and accessible to both tennis and pool â€“; oversized doors allow a free flow from interior to pergola shaded area to pool deck. The interior of the pool house offers a charming cottage attitude in the main sitting area with white paneled walls and stone floor and is well equipped for entertaining with grill area, wet bar and refrigeration. There are also dressing rooms and bath facilities. The gunite pool is accented by a stone patio and surrounded by traditional white picket fencing and exquisite perennial gardens.
Featured in a number of magazines, most recently in Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Significant and timeless….
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